Conservatives Manifesto

A Modern Industrial Strategy

“The government will target this spending at areas that are critical for productivity: housing, research and development, economic infrastructure   and  skills.   This   will  include   £740   million  of   digital   infrastructure   investment”

“We will build on the success of world-beating sectors such as car and aero manufacturing, financial services, life sciences, digital technology and our creative industries, and help other sectors develop the conditions which they need to thrive.”

“Our towns and cities excel when they have vibrant cultural life. Britain’s arts and culture are world-beating and are at the heart of the regeneration of much of modern Britain. We will continue our strong support for the arts, and ensure more of that support is based outside London.”

“We will introduce a new cultural development fund to use cultural investment to turn around communities.

A Digital Charter

“A Conservative government will develop a digital charter, working with industry and charities to establish a new framework that balances freedom with protection for users, and offers opportunities alongside obligations for businesses and platforms. This charter has two fundamental aims:  that we will make Britain the best place to start and run a digital business; and that we will make Britain the safest place in the world to be online.”

“We will ensure there is a robust system for protection of intellectual property when the UK has left the EU, with strong protections against infringement”

“We will ensure digital businesses have access to the best talent from overseas to compete with anywhere in the world. This will be complemented by at least one new institute of technology in the UK, dedicated to world-leading digital skills and developed and run in partnership with the tech industry.”

“We will work with industry to introduce new protections for minors, from images of pornography, violence, and other age-inappropriate content not just on social media but in app stores and content sites as well.”

“We will make clear the responsibility of platforms to enable the reporting of inappropriate, bullying, harmful or illegal content, with take-down on a comply-or-explain basis.”

“To create a sound ethical framework for how data is used, we will institute an expert Data Use and Ethics Commission to advise regulators and parliament on the nature of data use and how best to prevent its abuse.”

“We will ensure content creators are appropriately rewarded for the content they make available online.” 

A Framework For Data And The Digital Economy

“Some people say that it is not for government to regulate when it comes to technology and the internet.  We disagree.  While  we cannot  create  this framework  alone,  it is  for  government, not  private  companies, to  protect  the security  of  people and  ensure  the fairness  of  the rules  by  which people  and  businesses abide.  Nor do we agree that  the risks of such an approach outweigh the potential benefits. It is in the interests of stable markets  that  consumers are  protected  from abusive  behaviour,  that money  is  able to  flow freely and securely, and that competition between businesses takes place on a level playing field. It is in no-one’s interest for the foundations of strong societies and stable democracies – the rule of law, privacy and security – to be undermined. So  we will  establish  a regulatory  framework  in law  to  underpin our  digital  charter and  to  ensure that  digital  companies, social  media  platforms and  content  providers  abide by  these  principles.  

We  will  introduce  a  sanctions  regime to  ensure  compliance,  giving  regulators the ability to fine or prosecute those companies that fail in their legal duties, and to order the removal of content where it clearly breaches UK law. We will also create a  power  in  law  for  government  to introduce  an  industry wide  levy  from  social media  companies and communication service providers to support awareness and preventative activity to counter internet harms, just as is already the case with the gambling industry.”

Liberal Democrat Manifesto

“Support growth in the creative industries, including video gaming, by continuing to support the Creative Industries Council and tailored industry-specific tax support, promoting creative skills, supporting modern and flexible patent, copyright and licensing rules, and addressing the barriers to finance faced by small creative businesses.” 

“Maintain current standards of intellectual property (IP) protection with continuing co-operation on enforcement of IP generated in the UK and working within the EU to ensure the continuation of territorial licensing of rights.” 

“Examine the available funding and planning rules for live music venues and the grassroots music sector, protecting venues from further closures.” 

“Create creative enterprise zones to grow and regenerate the cultural output of areas across the UK.” 

“Introduce a digital bill of rights that protects people’s powers over their own information, supports individuals over large corporations, and preserves the neutrality of the internet.”

“Maintain, as part of our fight against hard Brexit, cross-border co-operation in combatting serious organised crime, including international fraud and child sexual exploitation, by retaining the European Arrest Warrant,membership of Europol and access to EU information databases.”

Labour Manifesto

“We recognise the serious concern about the ‘value gap’ between producers of creative content and the digital services that profit from its use, and we will work with all sides to review the way that innovators and artists are rewarded for their work in the digital age.” 

“Music venues play a vital role in supporting the music industry’s infrastructure and ensuring a healthy music industry continues in Britain. Labour will review extending the £1,000 pub relief business rates scheme to small music venues.” 

“We will introduce a £1 billion Cultural Capital Fund to upgrade our existing cultural and creative infrastructure to be ready for the digital age and invest in creative clusters across the country, based on a similar model to enterprise zones.” 

“Labour will introduce an arts pupil premium to every primary school in England – a £160 million annual per year boost for schools to invest in projects that will support cultural activities for schools over the longer term.” 

“Labour will ensure that tech companies are obliged to take measures that further protect children and tackle online abuse.”

Alliance Monitoring Report 19.05.17